Democrats and Republicans have been trading accusations for years about the reason for the dramatic increase in health care costs. Dems seem to think its all a matter of greedy drug companies, while Repubs fault the number of malpractice suits filed by greedy lawyers. The fact is that neither really gets at the heart of the issue--the declining percentage of health care costs that are being paid out of pocket, thanks to the prevalence of third-party health insurance. This chart shows the inverse proportional relationship between the two phenomena.
As E. Frank Stephenson over at Division of Labor puts it, "It brings to mind the saying about eating at a restaurant: If youre paying Ill have steak."